New Team EssentialsDale YocumHead Coach & MentorCatlin Gabel Team 1540The Flaming Chickens
Team 1540 History2011 Team captain and Regional Finalist, San Diego2011 Innovations in Controls, San Diego2010 Chairman’s Award, Oregon (Championship Qualifier)2010 Winner Colorado Regional (Championship Qualifier)2010 Innovations in Controls, Colorado2009 Engineering Inspiration Award (Championship Qualifier)2009 Best Website Award Oregon and Las Vegas2008 Engineering Inspiration Award (Championship Qualifier)2008 Winner Oregon Regional (Championship Qualifier)2008 Best Website Award Oregon Regional2008 Xerox Creativity Award Las Vegas2007 Chairman’s Award, Oregon Regional (Championship Qualifier)2007 Finalist Oregon Regional2007 Motorola Quality Award, San Diego Regional2005 Rookie Inspiration Award, PNW Regional2005 Best Website, Region & World Championship
Parent Meeting• Attendance required• Play FIRST promo video• Talk about expectations• What the kids get out of it.• Scholarships, university recognition, leadership opportunities• Ask for donations and announce any fees• Recruit mentors, food providers, logistics help, etc.
Calendar• http://www.oregonfirst.org/calendar/• FIRST Calendar• http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/ content.aspx?id=454
Mentor Involvement• Some team’s robots are entirely student designed and built.• Some team’s mentors and students work side by side.• Some team’s mentors pretty much do it all with students helping where they can.• All mentors should read FIRST Mentoring Guide at www.usfirst.org/ uploadedFiles/Community/ FRC/Team_Resources/ Mentoring%20Guide.pdf
Team Management Team 1540 Organization Chart Mentors Head Coach Co-Presidents Control Chairman’s CompetitiveSoftware Mechanical Marketing Web Systems & Outreach Analysis
Time Requirement• It will take over 1500 person hrs to make a competitive FRC robot.• Data Point: Last year Team 1540’s 24 student members logged 2,100 student-hours over six weeks.• Teams with mentors doing much of the work MIGHT be less.• Team 1540 requires students to log at least 50 hours in the fall and 50 in the build season. Average was 116
Registering Your Team• Go to TIMS https://my.usfirst.org/ frc/tims/site.lasso• Register for a Regional• Register for a Kickoff• Teams must submit payment by 12/02/11• Rookies pay $6,500 Veterans $5,000. $4,000 2nd regional
Sample Budget$6,500 Registration for a regional$2,700 Additional materials $500 Practice field components $200 Shipping crate (optional) $100 Robot cart $100 Publicity materials $500 T-shirts & marketing $0 Robot shipment –FedEx? $400 Pre/Post-season events.Total:$11,000 not including tools and shop fixtures
Fundraising• Deb Mumm-Hill, FIRST Regional Director• For NASA Grants be sure to read the white paper: http://www.chiefdelphi.com/media/papers/2167
Facilities – Facts• Building robots is messy – hard floors are best• Building robots is noisy• Robots sometimes need 10’ + headroom• Need safe place to store tools and parts• Ideally a place where you can make a mess and leave it.• Internet Access• Carpeted place to test robot• Need a bathroom available• You don’t NEED a machine shop
Facilities (con’t)• High school shop• High school science classroom• High school theater scene shop• Parents garage• Local machine shop• Church basement• Local company that can loan you space• Portable classroom• Cafeteria
Tools and Equipment – Must Have Costco: $197 for all three
Tools – Must Have• Hack Saw and Miter Box $35• Good wire crimper $60• Soldering iron 40W $15• Two power drills, 12v or higher. Lithium Ion or NiMH strongly preferred $140 each• Drill Bits $25 up• Dremel tool set $75• Bench Vice $50 up• Approx $1,000 for all essential tools
Tools – Really Nice To Have• Heat Gun $70• Drill Press $250 up• Bench Disc Sander $200 up• 12” Power Miter Saw with 96 tooth blade $270 up• Miter Saw Stand $100 up• Hand Power Jig Saw or Sawzall $89 up• Bench Grinder (for steel) $65• Abrasive Cutoff Saw (for steel) $90 up• Multimeter $30 up• Total for a good starter shop: $2,000.
Tools to Aspire to (or Get Donated)• Band Saw $700 up• Cold Saw $1,000• Second Drill Press $250 up• Manual Milling Machine +tooling $2,500 up• Table Saw $500 up• Metal Lathe and tooling $1,200 up new• CNC Milling Machine $6,000 up• Welding Equipment?
Strategy – Do it All or One Thing Well?• Sometimes there’s a need for robots specialized in one aspect of the game or another.• Rookies more likely to get picked if they are really good at something key rather than mediocre at everything.• Rookies are frequently not in the top 8. Focus on what it would take to get the attention of one of the top eight teams.• Have a competitive analysis team from year 1
Pit Judging• The Judging process is done by volunteers who are human• Students need to prepare for the pit judging• Drop everything to talk to judges or ask them to return.
Conclusion: Don’t Go It Alone• Join Oregon FRC Distribution listwww.groups.google.com. Search for FRC-Oregon.• Get a mentoring team … better yet, take two.• Read the FRC Coaches Handbook and Mentoring Handbook• Chief Delphi.com• OregonFIRST.org